British middleweight Martin Murray will fight for the WBA Middleweight World Championship on February 1 in Monte Carlo.
Murray will take on Australian Jarrod ‘Left Jab’ Fletcher on the undercard of fellow middleweight Gennady Golovkin’s defence against Osumanu Adama.
With Golovkin currently holding the WBA ‘Super’ Championship, the winner of Murray-Fletcher could be next in line to face the fearsome Kazakhstan-based banger, providing he overcomes Adama.
The St Helens fighter has previously fallen short in two world title attempts, though both in highly controversial fashion.
Felix Sturm was extremely lucky to come away with a draw when the pair clashed two years ago in Germany, while long-time middleweight ruler Sergio Martinez won a unanimous points decision back in April, despite being knocked down in the 8th round.
Injuries have since hampered the progress of the 31-year-old, while a promotional clash in Australia meant his fight against Garth Wood was eventually suspended. However, he did record a points victory against Sergey Khomitsky at the Excel Arena on Saturday in a return to action.
Fletcher, a 30-year-old hailing from Queensland, has registered one career loss, being stopped in the second round against Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders for the Commenwealth title back in September 2012.
Though he hasn’t fought any of the division’s top names, Fletcher has a solid amateur pedigree and defeated Adonis Stevenson and James DeGale in the unpaid ranks.
He has a Commonwealth Games gold medal to his name and has captained the Australian Olympic Team.
The Australian is ranked number three by the WBA, while Murray is currently ranked number one to set up the world-title tilt for both men.
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